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6:45 PM ET, January 3, 2011

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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Austerity is first order for Boehner's installation as House speaker  —  Nancy Pelosi brought camera crews and dignitaries into her childhood Baltimore neighborhood where a street was being renamed in her honor, while John Boehner is bringing his 11 siblings from working-class Ohio to Washington for a private reunion.
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Aharding / CNN:
Breaking: House GOP to move this week on health care repeal  —  Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned that Republicans plan to try to repeal the health care law almost immediately after taking control of the House, setting the stage for an early confrontation with President Obama.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House sets Jan. 12 vote on repeal of health-care law  —  House Republicans set Jan. 12 as their day to pass a repeal of President Obama's health-care law, following a midterm election in which they campaigned against the landmark legislation as a government takeover of the health industry.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate Dems warn Boehner: Don't bother with healthcare repeal  —  The 112th Congress doesn't begin until Wednesday, but Senate Democrats are already vowing to block any attempts by the new GOP-led House to repeal the healthcare reform law.  —  The Senate's top Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
House GOP to vote on health repeal next week  —  House Republicans will vote next week to repeal the new health care law, making good on a top-tier GOP campaign promise and setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama over his signature domestic policy achievement.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
New York Times:
G.O.P. Newcomers Set Out to Undo Obama Victories
John Stanton / Roll Call:   House GOP Sets Up Vote on Repeal of Health Care Law
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GETTING THE OLD GANG BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.... By the time disgraced …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate Dems to Boehner: We'll block your repeal push
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Darrell Issa reveals list of investigations  —  Rep. Darrell Issa is aiming to launch investigations on everything from WikiLeaks to Fannie Mae to corruption in Afghanistan in the first few months of what promises to be a high-profile chairmanship of the top oversight committee in Congress.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cummings wants agreement between Issa and White House
Discussion: The Politico
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
John P Wheeler III  —  I was stunned to learn tonight that my long-time friend Jack Wheeler has been murdered in Delaware.  He was last seen getting off an Amtrak train from Washington at the Wilmington, DE, station this past Tuesday night; then, as a gruesome and cryptic local story recounts …
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Fox News:
Cops: Former Bush Aide Murdered, Found in Landfill  —  A man who fought to get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built and served in two Bush administrations was murdered, Delaware police say.  —  John P. Wheeler III, 66, was found dead in a Delaware landfill, and his death has been ruled a homicide by Newark, Del., police.
Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Consider William Daley for Top White House Post  —  President Barack Obama is considering naming William Daley, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive and former U.S. Commerce secretary, to a high-level White House post, possibly as his chief of staff, people familiar with the matter said.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Lindsey Graham Joins the Loonies  —  The U.S. appears to be the only country in the developed world that forbids its government from accumulating debt without authorizing legislation.  And that's led to some scary moments, including one that the economist Henry Aaron shared with me recently.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint wants ‘big showdown’ with Dems over debt ceiling
Carl / Israel Matzav:
Of course, let's blame the Jews; UPDATED  —  Islamic Jihad (Hat Tip: Elder of Ziyon), Iran's Press TV and a top Lebanese Shiite Muslim leader (Hat Tip: Jihad Watch) have all blamed ‘Zionists’ for the car bombing at a Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt late Friday night.  This is from the second link.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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The Politico:
Majority of RNC against Michael Steele  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele faces an all-but-impossible path to reelection this month, as a majority of the RNC's 168 members indicate that they will not support the controversial chairman for another term.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Unborn Paradox  —  The American entertainment industry has never been comfortable with the act of abortion.  Film or television characters might consider the procedure, but even on the most libertine programs (a “Mad Men,” a “Sex and the City"), they're more likely to have a change of heart than actually go through with it.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
He Entered Congress Swinging, and Exits That Way  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — He has zero faith in the incoming speaker of the House, John A. Boehner, whom he calls a “tool of special interest.”  —  He derides the Tea Party's successes as “bought and paid for by the enormously rich and the selfish.”
David Cole / New York Times:
Chewing Gum for Terrorists  —  DID former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Tom Ridge, a former homeland security secretary, and Frances Townsend, a former national security adviser, all commit a federal crime last month in Paris when they spoke in support …
Noah Kristula-Green / FrumForum:
How O'Donnell Brought Down the Delaware GOP  —  The FBI is investigating whether Christine O'Donnell misused campaign funds during her Senate run.  While we wait to find out whether she's guilty on that count, we already know that she is guilty in another way: for destroying and cannibalizing the Republican Party in Delaware.
Christina Bellantoni / Roll Call:
President's Re-Election Transition Begins With OFA Layoffs  —  The Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America has started laying off staff in multiple states as the first phase of a restructuring before the official kickoff of President Barack Obama's re-election bid.
Discussion: Moe Lane, Weasel Zippers and Gawker
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
There's One Huge State Budget Crisis That Everyone Is Refusing To Talk About  —  You know the story and you know the names: states like Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and California are supposed to be in huge financial trouble thanks to bloated governments, business-unfriendly regulations, and strong public sector unions.
Discussion: Arkansas Blog
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Conservative Seeks Balance on His Way to Senate  —  ZIONSVILLE, Pa. — Patrick J. Toomey was elected to the Senate in November as part of the Republican revolution, with a big assist from Tea Party activists, an endorsement from Sarah Palin and the expectation that he would join …
Christian Science Monitor:
European nations begin seizing private pensions  —  Hungary, Poland, and three other nations take over citizens' pension money to make up government budget shortfalls.  —  People's retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don't want to reduce spending or make privatizations.
Vanity Fair:
The Febraury 2011 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll  —  Americans are numerically at a loss after a trillion.  To balance the budget, most of them would choose to tax the rich.  And as far as memories go, they'd prefer to keep them.  (All of them.)  —  Numbers games this month: What comes after a trillion?
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Allen West Says New Congress Should Prioritize Threat Of ‘Infiltration Of The Sharia Practice’ In U.S.  —  Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a newly-elected member who has loudly scapegoated Muslims and campaigned on a promise to oppose religious diversity, appeared on Frank Gaffney's radio program last week.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Weasel Zippers
Evan Halper / PolitiCal:
Schwarzenegger commutes prison sentence of Fabian Nuñez's son [Updated]  —  In his final night before leaving office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted the prison sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez who had pleaded guilty to taking part in the slaying of a college student.
 
 
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Pence for President
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Dafna Linzer / ProPublica:
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Ezra Klein:
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CNBC:
New Jersey Wants to Seize Your Unused Gift Cards
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Michael B. Keegan / The Huffington Post:
A Gay Tempest in the Tea Party
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Jason Millman / The Hill:
Poll: Nearly half of voters don't believe key healthcare promise by Obama
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John / Power Line:
Europe's Doomed Generation
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